Author Event: Dhonielle Clayton in conversation with Kwame Mbalia

Page 158 Books is excited to welcome Dhonielle Clayton in conversation with Kwame Mbalia to celebrate Clayton's middle-grade debut, The Marvellers--a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky. 

Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds where Marvellers from around the world practice their cultural arts, like brewing Indian spice elixirs and bartering with pesky Irish pixies.

Despite her excitement, Ella discovers that being the first isn’t easy—some Marvellers mistrust her magic, which they deem “bad and unnatural.” But eventually, she finds friends in elixirs teacher, Masterji Thakur, and fellow misfits Brigit, a girl who hates magic, and Jason, a boy with a fondness for magical creatures.

When a dangerous criminal known as the Ace of Anarchy escapes prison, supposedly with a Conjuror’s aid, tensions grow in the Marvellian world and Ella becomes the target of suspicion. Worse, Masterji Thakur mysteriously disappears while away on a research trip. With the help of her friends and her own growing powers, Ella must find a way to clear her family’s name and track down her mentor before it’s too late.

Dhonielle Clayton spent most of her childhood under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Belles series, Shattered Midnight, co-author of Blackout, and the co-author of The Rumor Game and the Tiny Pretty Things duology, a Netflix original series. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and President of Cake Creative, an IP story kitchen dedicated to diverse books for all ages. She’s an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. Her new book, The Marvellers, is her middle-grade fantasy debut.
Kwame Mbalia is a husband, father, writer, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY was an instant New York Times bestseller and was awarded a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and it—along with the sequels TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD and TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING—is published by Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion.
He is the co-author of LAST GATE OF THE EMPEROR with Prince Joel Makonnen, from Scholastic Books, and the editor of the instant #1 New York Times bestselling anthology BLACK BOY JOY, published by Delacorte Press. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he survives on Dad jokes and Cheezits.
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Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:30pm
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The Marvellers (Marvellerverse #1) By Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250174949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Updated at the end of every day)
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

Rick Riordan Presents Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, The Graphic Novel By Kwame Mbalia, Olivia Stephens (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kwame Mbalia, Olivia Stephens (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368075008
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - August 9th, 2022

The Royal Trials (Last Gate of the Emperor #2) By Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338665956
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 19th, 2022

Rick Riordan Presents Tristan Strong Keeps Punching (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 3) By Kwame Mbalia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368054874
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 5th, 2021